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Hollywood Babylon (1972)

X | | Drama | 7 February 1972 (USA)
This is like a documentary on the scandals in the Golden Age of Hollywood during the 1920's. Contains many reenactments of major scandals.

Director:

Van Guylder

Writer:

L.K. Farbella (adapted for the screen by)
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Complete credited cast:
Roger Gentry Roger Gentry ... Big Daddy / Bartender (as Jim Gentry)
Myron Griffin Myron Griffin ... Charlie Chaplin
Ashley Phillips Ashley Phillips
Uschi Digard ... Party Girl / Marlene Dietrich (as Uschi Digart)
Marland Proctor ... Wally Reid (as Lloyd Allen)
Maria Arnold Maria Arnold ... Party Girl / Mistress / Nightclub Performer / Orgy Girl on Set
Dave Hagle Dave Hagle
Matt Hewitt Matt Hewitt ... Marlene's Discoverer / Doctor
Al Ward Al Ward ... Waiter
Joe Stinson Joe Stinson
Jane Allyson Jane Allyson ... Girl at Arbuckle's Party / Whipped Girl
Nora Wieternik Nora Wieternik ... Girl at Party
Suzanne Fields ... Party Girl / Mildred Harris / Nightclub Patron (as Cindy Hopkins)
Bunny Bronstein Bunny Bronstein
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A faux cautionary documentary based on Kenneth Anger's book Hollywood Babylon that portrays several notorious celebrity sex scandals from the golden age of Hollywood through film clips and often humorous softcore reenactments. Like the book, the movie covers both real and rumored scandals. The movie consists of sexploitational vignettes narrated by the semi-serious narrator. Some of the real life people portrayed in the movie are not named directly but its heavily implied who they're suppose to be. The movie focuses on Olive Thomas, Wallace "Wally" Reid, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Marion Davies and the Thomas H. Ince incident, Charlie Chaplin and Lita Grey, Rudolph Valentino, Marlene Dietrich's bisexuality, Erich von Stroheim, and Clara Bow.

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The shadow of BABYLON had fallen over HOLLYWOOD! Scandal was waiting, just out of camera range! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

X
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 1972 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color
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Supersleazy companion piece to Anger's book
18 June 1999 | by Jens-28See all my reviews

This is pure exploitation (in the best sense). You take some scenes from classic public domain films (Keaton etc.) mixed it with historical WWI footage and then you spice it up with some wild softcore re-enactments of the scandals from Kenneth Anger's "Hollywood Babylon" book and, BANG!, you've got a hit! Oliver Stone, eat your heart out! Boobqueen Uschi ("Supervixens", "Scavengers", "Touch Of Sweden" etc.) Digart's portrait of a lesbian Marlene Dietrich is a blast. More informative (and funnier) than Discovery History Channel! The slick but stale flicks of the PC 90's can't hold a candle to the wonderful world of 70's exploitation cinema. So get your psychotronic kicks, daddy-o!


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